Mercedes Will Reduce Alabama Operations

VANCE, Ala. (AP) -- Mercedes-Benz will reduce operations on one of its assembly lines at its Alabama plant next year in response to a slowdown in the auto industry. A spokeswoman says no layoffs will result from the change.

Mercedes spokeswoman Felyicia Jerald said Thursday the plant also will extend its typical one-week summer shutdown to four weeks next year.

In January, Mercedes will move to one shift on Assembly Line 1 and in Paint Shop 1.

Both areas now operate two shifts.

Jerald said the plant's Assembly Line 2, Paint Shop 2 and body shop will continue operating with two shifts.

The $1 billion plant now employs about 4,000 people.

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